Welcome To The
Lawrence County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Lawrence County Extension Office is at your service!
Pesticide Applicator Training
Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service is offering 3 Pesticide Applicator Trainings this year. The first will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at 9 AM in the Lawrence County Meeting Room, 115 West Walnut Street, Walnut Ridge. A second training will be held on Thursday, December 1st, 9 AM, in the Lawrence County Meeting Room and the third will be held Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 6 PM in the Lynn Community Center. There is a $10.00 fee charged for the training which will be collected at the time of the meeting. Please bring cash or a check. If you have questions please call us 870-886-3741.
12th Annual 4-H Summer Day Camp 2017
The 12th annual 4-H Day Camp will be held at Lake Charles State Park on June 14th, 21st, and 28th. Camp starts at 10 AM each morning and will last until 3 PM. The cost is $30.00 and includes lunch, snacks, and supplies for all three days plus a t-shirt!
Registration deadline is June 1st and space is limited to the first 30 who register.
Come and join the fun!
Photo: 4-H Day Campers saying pledge
Lawrence County Community and Economic Development
Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership program graduated sixteen youth representing all of the Lawrence county schools in 2014. This Community and Economic Development program is the result of community volunteers, Lawrence County Extension, and the Dr. Ralph Joseph family’s efforts to train the county’s youth to become leaders and donate back to their communities. Topics for the eight-session program consisted of community assessment, communications, team work, etiquette, decision making, project reports, and diversity. Community services included a basketball tournament to raise money for a local cancer patient; raising money to purchase coats for elementary students; repair of playground facilities; and the restoration of a community park. . Approximately 16% of the twenty year program's graduates have returned to live and work in the local community and have established their own businesses, served on school boards, and worked as teachers or principals in our county schools.
Photo: Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Group 2014 at the State Capitol in Little Rock
Cover Crop Demonstration 2016/2017
This is our second year of having a cover crop demonstration on the Fred Schmidt Farm. This year we have expanded the demonstration to include two fields.
The field was planted on October 11, 2016 with black oats and Austrian winter peas using a seed drill at a rate of 52 lb./A. As the picture shows, the field is definitely off to a great start.
Some of the benefits that come from using a cover crop include reducing soil erosion and with the use of a legume, such as the Austrian winter pea, nitrogen can also be added to the soil.
The field will be burned down in late winter with a herbicide so that rice can be planted as soon as the weather is favorable.
Photo: 2016/2017 Cover Crop Demonstration on the Fred Schmidt Farm
Best Care Classes 2017
The Best Care training meets the professional development needs of Arkansas' early childhood professionals by providing 10 hours of verified face-to-face training annually through Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP). The areas of emphasis include child development, health, nutrition, and resource management. A Best Care Training will be held at the campus of Williams Baptist College in April 2017. Please contact Lawrence County Extension for more information at 870-886-3741.
Photo: Logo for Best Care Program
2016 Farm Family of the Year
Through coordination of the County Extension Office and Arkansas Farm Bureau, several organizations and individuals are brought together every year to determine a county farm family. Rickey and Virginia Goff of Smithville were chosen as the 2016 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year. Virginia was raised on a livestock farm in Randolph County and Rickey was raised on a livestock farm in Lawrence County, and they both enjoyed working with livestock. They met in college, getting married in 1970. In 1974 bought their first farm of 108 acres and began raising feeder pigs and had a cow/calf operation. At the time they began farming both were teaching school. This enabled them to both do farm chores in the afternoons and during the summers. In 1984, Rickey began working with ASCS (now FSA); therefore Virginia and their sons Kevin and Keith took over more of the responsibilities and work pertaining to the farm.
Photo: Rickey & Virginia Goff with sons Kevin and Keith, daughter-in-law Tina and
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